Moon and Stars Project grants are dedicated to highlighting Turkey's arts and culture scene and establishing a two-way cultural interaction between the United States and Turkey. The American Turkish Society awards competitive grants to support emerging and established artists in an effort to promote this cross-cultural dialogue. Project-specific grants in support of travel and lodging are provided for projects exhibited in the U.S. The grant program is advised by Binnaz Saktanber and Kaan Nazli, former directors of The Moon and Stars Project and The Society's Art & Culture Committee.
The budget for the MASP grant is determined annually. The amount is typically divided between 3-4 projects. It is expected that the applicants secure other funders or sponsors to ensure the completion of their project.
Social mobility restrictions stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic have had an immense impact on the art world, causing many art projects to come to a complete halt. The American Turkish Society acknowledges that several of its applicants to the MASP program may have experienced difficulties in preparing and finalizing high-quality proposals.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce that the deadline to apply for the Moon and Stars Project Grants has been extended to July 31, 2021.
Owner of the New York Turkish Film Festival, now in its 18th year, the film industry is near and dear to us. To show further support and appreciation to this area of the arts, we are also excited to announce that the MASP program is now accepting applications related to film projects at the post-production phase. While applications related to feature, short, and documentary films are encouraged, school projects will not be considered, in line with the program’s exclusion of academic grants. We welcome all relevant project owners to apply now.
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